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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A published letter on a subject of general interest, addressed to a person but intended for general readership.

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  • n. A letter addressed to one person but published (as for example in a newspaper) for the public to read.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a letter of protest; addressed to one person but intended for the general public

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  • Upon reflection, it seems odd to me that we call these things "open letters" when they're really more like announcements or editorials.

    Anyway... Here are some really good ones, to "people or entities who are unlikely to respond."

    August 29, 2008